275: Outer Order, Inner Calm and Happiness With Gretchen Rubin

I’m guessing you’ve heard of Gretchen Rubin, and if not well you’re in for a treat! She is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and The Four Tendencies. We touch on all of those today and explain how these ideas can be practical to your daily life.

Gretchen has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have collectively sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide in more than 30 languages. Her podcast called “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” is one of my favorites, where she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth.

In this episode, we talk happiness, parenting, community, and how to foster inner calm in your own life… let’s dive in!

Episode Highlights With Gretchen Rubin

  • How Gretchen got the idea to start a happiness project
  • The one universal thing everybody wants
  • The difference between outer and inner expectations, and what you can learn from how you respond to each
  • Why we’re all rebels on some level (and how this explains a lot about parenting)
  • The four temperaments that influence most of our behavior
  • Why cleaning out a closet can change your whole outlook
  • The one-minute rule that will boost your efficiency in every area
  • How to power hour your way to peace
  • The biggest contributor to clutter (it’s actually in your head)
  • Why we attribute so much sentimental value to items (and how to decide what’s really important)
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

  • GretchenRubin.com
  • Gretchen’s Four Tendencies Quiz

Books by Gretchen Rubin

  • The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)
  • Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness
  • Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
  • The Happiness Project
  • Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life

More From Wellness Mama

  • 274: Spirituality, Psychedelics & Circumcision: Taboo Topics With Luke Storey
  • 223: Mindset for Moms – Tips to Get More Done & Stress Less This Year
  • 229: How to Use Atomic Habits to Change Your Life
  • 218: Happy New Year: 21 Tiny Habits That Can Drastically Change Your Life This Year
  • 103: A Professional Organizer Shares How to Beat Clutter
  • 77: Minimalism with a Family to Decrease Stress and Clutter with Joshua Becker
  • How Minimalism With a Family is Possible (& Life Changing!)

Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have for Gretchen? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.

Thank You to Today’s Sponsors

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